Premier PR Professional Society Announces 2013 Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 24, 2013 – Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR), a leading resource for communications professionals in the nation’s capital today announces its 2013 board of directors to serve its growing member base in a constantly changing marketplace. The slate is as follows:

Co-President Tina McCormack Beaty Porter Novelli
Co-President Kendra Kojcsich Porter Novelli
Vice President Helen Mitternight Vanguard Communications
Treasurer Sherri Core Core Association Services
Secretary Randee Ulsh Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Membership Chair Andrea Summers Adfero Group
Pro Bono Co-Chair Maria Ibañez NASHP
Pro Bono Co-Chair Katy McKegney Communications professional
Professional Development Co-Chair Melanie Jordan PRofessional Solutions
Professional Development Co-Chair Erica Hiar Merritt Group
Woman of the Year Co-Chair Mara Vandlik McGinn and Company
Woman of the Year Co-Chair Avelyn Austin Ketchum
Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair Lauren Smith Melanoma Research Foundation
Emerging Leaders Awards Co-Chair Emily Hughes National Environmental Strategies
Sponsorships Chair Season Solorio National Cattleman’s Beef Association
MarCom Co-Chair Jenn Dunn BusinessWire
MarCom Co-Chair Karin Bloomquist ICF International
Website Chair Janiré Hopkins NASW


“Kendra, the board, and I look forward to a successful year serving members in the PR industry,” said Tina McCormack Beaty, 2013 Co-President.  “In addition to helping our members further their careers in public relations through events and skill-building opportunities, WWPR will become a voice for the industry here in DC by launching proprietary research, consumer and business data.”

“I am thrilled to be leading WWPR with Tina and a strong board this year,” said Kendra Kojcsich, 2013 Co-President.  “As a vital resource for PR professionals in D.C. we will continue our slate of highly anticipated annual events, while strengthening our professional development, networking, marketplace positioning, and leadership opportunities for members.”

The ceremonial board induction meeting featured a keynote from Geoff Livingston, a leading social media expert, author and marketing specialist.  Livingston  guided attendees through a journey of lessons-learned based on the influence of social change efforts as well as examined the importance of staying up to speed on the next generation of media technology.  On behalf of Vocus, all attendees received a copy of Livingston’s recent book, Marketing in the Round, and a book-signing was held after the luncheon.

Throughout the year,  WWPR will host other high caliber speakers at events focused on topics such as measurement, social media for baby boomers, and mentoring.  To learn more about WWPR’s upcoming events, visit

Today, WWPR also announced its new two-year agreement to serve pro bono client, Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls (FLOW), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to empowering women and girls with the knowledge and skills necessary  to make good economic decisions in an increasingly complex U.S. and global  financial system.



Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) is the first and only D.C.-based professional organization advancing women in the communications industry. WWPR is committed to delivering outstanding professional development, networking, marketplace positioning, and leadership opportunities to area communicators. Visit us at, “Like” us on, and follow us on Twitter @WWPR.